Reloaded: Boys basketball aims for repeat

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Ryan Kirch’s list of things for the boys varsity basketball team to improve upon in the coming weeks is a short one. “We’ve got to defend better on the perimeter and we’ve got a couple of guys who are still a little banged up and waiting to return, but we’ve got a strong group of players,” said Kirch, Celtic head coach. It’s an enviable position to be in. The Keizer boys shared the Greater Valley Conference title last season. This time around, the Celtics are looking to stand alone at the top and they’ve got a roster full of seasoned players to help them get there. “The biggest thing we have is a lot of depth, we have the most depth we’ve had in the five years I’ve been here,” said Kirch. “We’re very versatile and very long with a lot of guys who can do a lot of things on the floor. As a team, we have guys that can shoot, guys that can defend, guys that can rebound and guys who can pass.” McNary lost two stars in Tregg Peterson, the GVC Player of the Year, and Devon Dunagan, but the team has reloaded to return with a squad of up-and-comers. “We’ve really picked up where we left off,” said McNary junior Cade Goff. “For everyone who is returning our...

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